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Thursday, July 5, 2018

Sunday's Service - July 8, 2018

This week we are welcoming back our friend and retired United Methodist pastor,
Reverend Bruce Irwin.

Featured scripture verses are: Mark 6:1-13
for Rev. Irwin's message: We're All on a Mission

Join us this Sunday for Worship!

CG NEWS & EVENTS

Vacation Bible School Postponed

As you may know from email or Facebook, we have had to make a change to our summer schedule. Due to low enrollment, we regretfully announce that we will be postponing (not cancelling) Abundance Orchard Vacation Bible School. If you helped spread the word and invited people to VBS - thanks again! Please take a moment and share this information with them, letting them know we would love to see them in the fall!

Bible School is a beloved and long-standing tradition at Common Ground Church Community and we want to be sure we do it effectively. Rather than pressing forward and holding VBS because "it's what we've always done," we are looking at new ideas. There is so much good in Bible School...so many connections are made...faith is strengthened and renewed...we absolutely do not want to lose this important opportunity. We want kids and staff to get as much out of VBS as possible and, as this year's tagline says, have a great experience "where faith grows and hungry people are fed."

In the last decade, many churches have found that the familiar method of five days of VBS during summer just isn't working for everyone. Some churches have tried new approaches and some have chosen to do away with it entirely. We do not want to give up the excitement, joy, and learning of VBS at Common Ground! We do want to know what works for our church families and friends and learn how we can best get people involved. So please ponder the following questions and email your answers to us, or talk to Jen L.

1) Is VBS of interest to you and/or your kids?
2) Would you and/or your kids participate in VBS on Wednesday evenings in the fall?
3) Would you and/or your kids participate in VBS on Sunday evenings in the fall?
4) Would your family enjoy a Family Bible School, with parents participating with the kids?
5) What do you think is most important about VBS?

If you have donated items, money, or helped create decorations, your time, generosity, and talent will not go to waste. We thank you again for your help. We will put the things away (saving some in the freezer) and they will be used for their intended purposes. If you loaned us items and would like them back sooner rather than later, please let us know and we will make sure to return them.

We are very sorry to inconvenience and disappoint anyone. We are disappointed ourselves, and a bit sad, but also eager to see what God has planned for us here. We will rely on God, and remember the words of Isaiah 41:10, "So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."

Thank you for your time and your prayers as we strive to choose the best path for all.

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Bible Studies

Sunday Morning: Pat Shannon leads a class on the book of Matthew; 9:30 - 10:30am.
(Class resumes this Sunday.)

Wednesday Morning: Ladies Study - Dwelling in God's Peace from the Jesus Calling Bible Study Series by Sarah Young; 9am.

You are welcome to join in a study at any time!

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Garden News

The Garden age kids are on summer break and will remain in Worship, with activity pages on the table by the Sanctuary doors. Nursery is available for little ones through three years old. If you would like to spend some time playing in the nursery with our littlest church family members, please let Jen Lynch know.

Summer Youth Group Plans

▪ Sunday, July 22 - Kids vs. Adults Nerf Battle - Come play with your kids after Worship! Younger siblings welcome. Pizza provided for lunch...please sign up so we can get a count.
▪ Tuesday, July 31 - YG Bowling, Camelot Lanes, 1-3pm - Sign up sheet on the bulletin board.
▪ Friday, August 3 - Shank Farm Tour & Cookout, 4-6pm - Bring a dish to share.
▪ Sunday, Aug. 5 - Swim Party at the Snyder's (Rain, rain, stay away!) - Snacks, towels, and bathing suits needed.
▪ Friday, Aug. 17 - Saturday, Aug. 18 - YG Lock-In (Just like last year, this event is for YG members who already completed 5th grade.)
Sunday, July 22 - Kids vs. Adults Nerf Battle - Come play with your kids after Worship! Younger siblings welcome. Pizza provided for lunch...please sign up so we can get a count.
Tuesday, July 31 - YG Bowling, Camelot Lanes, 1-3pm - Sign up sheet on the bulletin board.
Friday, August 3 - Shank Farm Tour & Cookout, 4-6pm - Bring a dish to share.
Sunday, Aug. 5 - Swim Party at the Snyder's (Rain, rain, stay away!) - Snacks, towels, and bathing suits needed.
Friday, Aug. 17 - Saturday, Aug. 18 - YG Lock-In (Just like last year, this event is for YG members who already completed 5th grade.)

Watch for more details as events get closer.

UPCOMING AT CG

GG Family Fun Fest - July 14

Don't miss this annual celebration of Goodness Grows. Check out all the special guests we have this year. With the games, food, wonderful guests, and more, it will be an exciting and fun-filled day. Invite your friends and family and come support the mission of Common Ground!

Bake Walk Donations Needed

Sign up sheet on the bulletin board to donate any type of dessert you can imagine. Homemade or store bought, all donations are appreciated! Please drop items off between 8-3 on Friday the 13th or bring them on the 14th by 2pm. Let us know if you need to make different arrangements. Thank you to the folks who have already signed up!

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NEWS & EVENTS

Mission Groups

We had a great time last week with two fabulous mission groups. It is amazing how much work groups can accomplish together! We look forward to Monday, when we get to welcome another group to Goodness Grows.

On the Goodness Grows Schedule

Austintown Farmers Market ~ Monday evenings from 5-8pm at the Austintown Township Park. Fun for all ages!

Salem Farmer's Market ~ We will be there some Thursdays, from 3:30-6:30

CSA Pick-Up ~ Thursdays, 4-7pm

Youngstown Flea ~ Come experience the Flea! July 14/Aug 18/Sept 8/Oct 13 from 10:00 - 4:00 (GG will not be there in July.)

Columbiana 1st Friday ~ Rain or shine 5pm - 8pm, the first Friday of July & August - We are looking forward to being there tomorrow evening!

Mission Night Market ~ July 13/Aug 10/Sept 14 from 6 to 10 at Huntington Place plaza in Boardman

Whispering Pines ~ Every other Thursday we will be volunteering & visiting.

Work & Fun at Whispering Pines!

CSA 2018

Our first CSA day was a success. Our shares included local eggs and cucumbers, tomatoes grown by GG board member Devyn, fresh pesto made by Rachel & our mission trip friends from our own basil, herbs, beets, onions (all those items grown right here), and a Goodness Grows hanging basket. It was a bountiful start to the season! Thank you to all our subscribers for participating in this program. We hope you enjoy today's shares - they are looking good!

OUTREACH and MISSION OPPORTUNITIES

Coat & Clothing Drive

Ongoing Mission Opportunity
Drop off clothing and outerwear here, any time throughout the year. Take items to the storage room by the Cafe or up to the Green Room. Collection will continue right up until our October 13th Giveaway Day!

St. Vincent de Paul Society

August 4, 2018 from 12:00-3:00pm, the St. Vincent de Paul Society in Youngstown is hosting their first Back to School Sock and Underwear Distribution. Donations are needed of new, unopened socks and underwear of all sizes. Students in grades K-12 will be reached by this program. Monetary donations can also be mailed to the Society.

For I was hungry and you gave me food;
I was thirsty and you gave me a drink;
I was a stranger and you took me in;
I was naked and you clothed me;
I was sick and you visited me.
I was in prison and you came to me.

.....When you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters,
you were doing it to me.

Matthew 25: 35-36, 40
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What can YOU do?
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LOCAL COMMUNITY NEWS/EVENTS

Crown Theater Productions Events

July 28th & 29th @ 2pm ~ Madagascar Jr. Production

July 10th @ 4:30 pm ~ Special Needs Informational Meeting at Main Street Theater for the October production of The Music Man Jr.

July 16th & 17th @ 7:00 pm ~ Auditions for The Addams Family, children 10 & up, men & women - Script reading and song of choice, at Crown House, directly behind Main Street Theater.

For more information about Crown Theater,
or to purchase tickets, click Here.

Summer Movies

Looking for something local and inexpensive to do with your kids during the "dog days" of summer? Cinemark Tinseltown in Boardman has the Summer Movie Clubhouse, at 9:30am every Wednesday through August 15th. Family friendly movies for $1.00 per ticket.

Music in Woodworth Park

Enjoy a variety of musical styles throughout the summer, Wednesday evenings, 7:00-8:30, right here in Beaver Township. Woodworth Park is located at 255 Warren Ave., off Western Reserve Rd.

Canfield Fair 2018

Sunday, September 2nd's concert is definitely something to crow about! Christian singer Matthew West will be there, with special guests Hawk Nelson and I Am They. Tickets are available by calling the fair office at 330-533-4107.

Aspire Tour - Hermitage, PA

1 night - 3 hours - Just for women.
An evening of laughter, learning, stories, and music.
Sunday, September 30, 2018 at Grace Chapel Community Church. Doors open at 4:30pm.
Purchase tickets at 480-812-1100 or online at Aspire.

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If you know of any interesting news or events,
please let us know, so that we can pass it on to others!

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CELEBRATE!

National Hot Dog Month - Time to grill!
National Fried Chicken Day - July 6
Don Fisher - July 9
Lee Bender - July 11

ON THE CG CALENDAR

July 5 - 11. . .
Today - GG at Whispering Pines
Thursday Evening, 4-7pm - CSA Pick-Up
Friday, 5-8:30pm - Columbiana 1st Friday
Sunday, 9:30am - Adult Class
Sunday, 11am - Worship Service
Monday - Mission Group at Goodness Grows
Monday, 5-8pm - GG at Austintown Market
Wednesday, 9am - Ladies Bible Study

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Seeking to reflect the unconditional love of God,
our mission is to help people connect -
to God, to one another,
and to God's purpose for the world.

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Come grow with us!
Common Ground Church Community
2310 West South Range Road
North Lima, Ohio 44452

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For more information, call 330-549-9408 or contact us by email at commonground.secretary@gmail.com.

 
 
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